• Fire Department Coffee is Delicious

    I recently received some terrific coffee to review. I got two bean samples, the Original Medium Roast coffee and the Vanilla Bean Bourbon infused coffee from the Fire Department Coffee Company. This company was founded and owned by a Veteran turned firefighter and is run by firefighters. In fact they give back by donating 10% of the proceeds to their Foundation to help support first responders who have been injured (physically or mentally) or are facing serious health challenges. The samples of Fire Department Coffee that I received were seriously some of the best coffee I’ve had. Both have a wonderful aroma and deliver a very smooth experience without bitter…

  • Changing focus from withdrawal of care to comfort care

    With so much death and debility caused by the Coronavirus COVID-19 over the past 9-12 months the terms “withdrawing care” or “withdrawal of care” have become notorious in health care. They’re such harsh terms for such a sacred path. The end of life should be calm and comfortable and peaceful and not feel like a dark and suddenly hopeless change of focus. Death is not an uncommon factor with COVID-19. Over 356,000 deaths have occurred in the US alone, and the staggering rate of new cases has reached over 200,000 every day in the last weeks of December and continues to rise in 2021.  Nurse burnout is skyrocketing with escalating…

  • Florence Nightingale, Feminist

    A guest post by Judith Lissauer Cromwell As Covid-19 continues to ravage the planet, The World Health Organization’s naming of 2020 as The Year of the Nurse to honor the two hundredth anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth is singularly apt. Most people have heard of Nightingale.  Not all know why.  Born (May 12, 1820) into wealth and privilege, brought up in the cream of English society, a precocious, mischievous child longed to be useful — to nurse the indigent sick.  “My daydreams were all of hospitals”; teen-aged Florence “visited them whenever I could.”[i]  But before satisfying her thirst for “a profession, a trade, a necessary occupation, something to fill &…

  • Product Review:New Butter Face Mask Friction and Lip Balm

    I was recently provided the opportunity to test and review a product for mask friction and lip balm from Butter Face USA. I was reluctant at first because my skin is hyper sensitive and although I do wear a mask at work and whenever I’m out running errands, I don’t wear one as much as hospital nurses do. But with the Santa Ana winds in So. CA, and the associated lack of humidity, my skin has been super dry despite applying moisturizers. I began to notice some friction and irritation and decided to give these products a good try. The balm quickly healed my irritation and softened my skin within…